Existential vs. Humanistic Theories: Comparing Two Major Theories in Psychotherapy


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The idea that people are constantly striving to be the best version of themselves is central to which type of psychology?

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1. The idea that people are searching for the meaning of life is central to which type of psychology?

2. Which of these is NOT a similarity between humanistic and existential psychology?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will assess your understanding of humanistic and existential psychology. You'll need to understand the central beliefs of each theory and how they compare to one another.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

See how well you score when answering questions on the following:

  • Identifying whether a given idea or belief relates to humanistic or existential psychology
  • Similarities between humanistic and existential psychology
  • Identifying the type of psychology that studies free will in wish fulfillment

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on humanistic and existential theories of therapy in psychology
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the beliefs that correspond to each theory and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast humanistic and existential psychology

Additional Learning

Get more details by reviewing the corresponding lesson, Existential vs. Humanistic Theories: Comparing Two Major Theories in Psychotherapy. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • The fundamental views of the two theories
  • Similarities and differences between the theories
  • Applying these theories to an example of a woman afraid to get married